More than 6,000 voters turned out to the polls Sept. 2 in the Boise School Board Trustee Election, and though that's only about 6.3 percent of registered voters, it was still a significant improvement from the last two formal school board elections in 2010 and 2008, when 1.5 percent and 1 percent of the voter base showed up to vote (no election was required in 2012 because only three candidates vied for three seats).
When all of Tuesday's votes had been counted, voters decided that former Idaho legislator Brian Cronin should fill a two-year term on the board. Cronin defeated challenger Travis Jones by a nearly 5-1 margin. Cronin secured 5,004 votes and Jones received 1,110 votes. Cronin will be filling the seat vacated by trustee Rory Jones. Shauneen Grange was appointed to fill that slot in early 2013 but chose not to run for election.
Voters also had five other candidates to choose from to fill two, 6-year seats on the board. And incumbents Nancy Gregory and Doug Park handily won those positions. Gregory secured 4,848 votes; Park won 4,011 votes; John Hrurby got 1,158 votes; Grant Walden won 1,061 votes and Anthony Shallat secured 961 votes.
The next full meeting of the Boise School Board of Trustees is set for Monday, Sept. 8. A new board member orientation meeting was set for later in the day on Wednesday, Sept. 3.